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Thang



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:04 pm    Post subject: '78 Riviera tear down and reconstruction. Reply with quote

Got it home . . .
[/img] disassembly was inevitable after pulling all the glass and finding a few leaks that would have become major rust producers if not taken care of . .
view of front splash pan

under front splash pan


auto tranny out to be resealed and cleaned

under windshield

after some repair

taking it to the metal!




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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW, you finally get to own something with a REAL engine in it! YAY!!!

The auto tranny isn't bad, but they make del hellacious engine oil temps due to the hot ass torque converter. It needs a Camper Special :-)
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mountain Power House wrote:
It needs a Camper Special :-)


Yes it DOES........ole buddy ole pal..... Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotcha covered. Do you have the complete core that came out of it? What does it look like?
Sounds like you and Jon need to do simultaneous builds at the Tech Weekend at my place in the Spring.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was a complete running / driving 2L FI Automatic, so . . .yes, I've got the complete engine with working Fuel Injection.... Cool

This bus was shipped here from California a little over a year ago by the P.O. so... not much rust at all.

I replaced the fuel pump and all fuel lines after I got it home and it fired right up with just a touch of the starter.

The previous owner claimed he spent $5000 on the engine rebuild a year ago but I have my doubts. (I didn't pay near that for the whole bus) It is just a bit too grimey/nasty to have had that much put into it that recently. I'll post a few pics this evening.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mountain Power House wrote:

Sounds like you and Jon need to do simultaneous builds at the Tech Weekend at my place in the Spring.


I LIKE your way of thinkin'! Laughing Cool Here's a few engine shots....














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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where's your Weber Progressive carb? They run better with those you know. Chop
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the PO wasted 5K.. Whoever did the work was too dumb to install the air control flaps... That means that more than likely the oil cooler wasn't getting any charge air. But thats the only thing that jumps out at me in the pics except the broken impeller blade on the fan and the fact that it used to have A/C... Those tail pipes sure are white.. They were either running AVGAS, Coleman lantern fuel or a really lean gasoline mixture..

Do a compression and leak down test and know where you stand before you have an awesome bus with a busted heart. If I had to bet some guy with 30 years of T1 experience "was there" last and that generally isn't promising for the life of a Type 4..

But its a good core.:-)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mountain Power House wrote:
fact that it used to have A/C...

But its a good core.:-)


It still had all the AC stuff in the bus except for the compressor, I would like to get that working again too..

Good core sounds like a good start to me!.... Smile

I only drove the bus about 6 miles before disassembly began so hopefully it didn't get too warm..
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

May be a little blurry but this is today's work - got to the metal of the left middle and left front. Cool


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We got a late start today so didn't get too much done but here it is..



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

today's progress after about 200lbs of sand thru the blaster...











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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike you've put in some major work on that bus! It is looking good. Have you decided on a paint scheme yet? FI Camper Special with AC and auto tranny...nice! Might as well through on some ABS brakes and power windows Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sapp67 wrote:
Mike you've put in some major work on that bus! It is looking good. Have you decided on a paint scheme yet? FI Camper Special with AC and auto tranny...nice! Might as well through on some ABS brakes and power windows Very Happy


Now if I could just get another day or two off work so I can finish removing the old paint! Shocked Gonna go back with the original color Steve. Thought about it quite a bit and I don't recall seeing a lot of campers that color so . . . . . . Power windows? Hmmmm....... Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thang wrote:
Sapp67 wrote:
Mike you've put in some major work on that bus! It is looking good. Have you decided on a paint scheme yet? FI Camper Special with AC and auto tranny...nice! Might as well through on some ABS brakes and power windows Very Happy


Gonna go back with the original color Steve. Thought about it quite a bit and I don't recall seeing a lot of campers that color so . . . . . .


There's a good reason you don't see many campers that color. Twisted Evil
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